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October 2014

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Introduction to GIT

Rob's Technology Corner – This week at CodeRage 9 I will be presenting.  "Introduction to Distributed Version Control"My session covers the basics of how a Distributed Version Control System works.   I focus is on GIT but it applies to Mercurial - Hg.Here is a link to the slides I used for the first 10 ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-10-28 15:15

September 2014

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VCL or FireMonkey - XE7

Rob's Technology Corner – In a previous blog post I mentioned we are starting a rewrite of an existing application using Delphi XE7 .     One of the comments was raised if we are going to use VCL or Firemonkey.It was decision we took quite seriously.    Using Delphi  we spent a few days developing ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-09-12 16:42
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Product/Component Vendors and XE7 Support

Rob's Technology Corner – Here are the most prominent 3rd Party components(That don't ship in the Rad Studio/Delphi products) that we use.   We may or may not use these in the application we will be rewriting in Delphi XE7 as we have make lots of decisions first such as VCL or Firemonkey FireUI.2 Days after ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-09-04 22:25
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XE6 Upgrade Story, Now on to XE7...

Rob's Technology Corner – We started the Delphi XE6 so early in the process we had to convert all the 3rd party components we used to XE6 without help from the vendors.  Our plan was to upgrade Delphi XE6, and move to ContinuaCI.  We also rewrote our FinalBuilder scripts from scratch, keeping in mind we would be ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-09-03 18:26

May 2014

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Support and how it should work.

Rob's Technology Corner – During our XE to XE6 upgrade project, we felt it was time to redo our build process.We are using FinalBuilder and ContinuaCI produced by VSoft Technologies in Canberra, Australia.During the process we ran into some minor bugs, in the product.    We also had some major and minor feature ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-05-06 16:59

April 2014

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XE6 - New Look and Feel

Rob's Technology Corner – One of the first things long time Delphi Developers may notice about XE6 is that it has new look and feel.One thing I have learned over the years is that when you change the user interface in any way you will get a divergent number of opinions.    My opinion of this change is simple: ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-04-18 19:19
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Delphi XE6 - Easy to upgrade

Rob's Technology Corner – Delphi XE6 was just released yesterday!   My team of 10 Delphi Developers has been moving fast.Several Open Source Libraries that my team uses have been updated to support XE6.   DUnitXDelphi-MocksJCLJVCL Spring4DWe also updated OmniThreadLibrary but don't know how to submit changes ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-04-16 23:07

February 2014

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pfSense - Network Performance

Rob's Technology Corner – I am lucky enough to live in an area where I can get a fiber connection to my home.  I pay for 100 GB and 100 GB down.   However, I was never able to achieve this performance levels.   About a year ago I took a bandwidth speed test.    This is what I was able to get get. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2014-02-17 18:05

December 2013

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DUnitX and my plans

Rob's Technology Corner – I have been a big fan of using unit testing frameworks.   I use both DUnit and DUnitX for my Delphi tests.I am right now contributing to DUnitX as I see it as the future framework of choice for Delphi Developers. I just wanted to talk in public about some of work I have going on around ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2013-12-30 21:45

October 2013

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CodeRage - Next Week

Rob's Technology Corner – Next week is CodeRage, I am looking forward to speaking again.I have two sessions:A VCL Developers Guide to FiremonkeyOctober 15, 2013 @ 8:00 AM PDTThis session is for those VCL developers who want to learn Firemonkey but have never taken a dive in.   Designed to help these developers save time ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2013-10-08 11:47

August 2013

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Getting ready for Android

Rob's Technology Corner – Android support in Delphi is on the Roadmap and is expected in the fall.   Although I have a Mac and an IPad, I have an Android Phone.   I was not as excited for the XE4 (iOS support) release as I am about Android support. I have some thoughts on Android that I want to share...Market ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2013-08-09 09:39

February 2013

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Legacy Code: Scoping

Rob's Technology Corner – Hey when I change X why does it break Y when they "should" be completely unrelated.   It's a common problem in development where changing one bit of code has unintended side effects on a different section of code.    Proper varible scoping can help reduce these errors.  Unit ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2013-02-18 06:00
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Legacy Code: Abstract to Interface

Rob's Technology Corner – Say you where given the following legacy code snippet, and where told that you needed that there are now five new  packet types that need to be written. TDataObject = class(TObject) // Some Shared Data here. end; TPacketWriter = class(TObject) private function CreateObjectX : ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2013-02-14 08:46
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Legacy Code

Rob's Technology Corner – Today, It has been 18 years since Delphi was released.      Some Delphi projects have been around for quite some time now.     I think we all look back on code we wrote a year or two ago that we would write in a completely different way today.   Sometimes is because a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2013-02-14 08:41
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AnyDAC - worries with some real excitement.

Rob's Technology Corner – When I read Marco Cantu's Post titled "Embarcadero Buys AnyDAC"  I began to worry.Where I work we spent a great deal of time converting from the BDE to dbExpress.    Granted we did it faster than we thought it would take, it's not something I am ready to do again.    Having ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Robert Love @ 2013-02-07 08:42
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